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AS level Philosophy AQA

AS level Philosophy AQA

Dates Available

  • Week 1: Monday 27 March – Friday 31 March
  • Week 2: Monday 3 April – Friday 7 April (including Good Friday)
  • Week 3: Monday 10 April – Friday 14 April (including Easter Monday)


AQA 7172

Length of Course

5 half-day sessions

This course is board-specific for the AQA A level Philosophy specification (7172) and is for Year 12 students only.

The course will cover:


  • What is knowledge? The distinction between acquaintance knowledge, ability knowledge and
    propositional knowledge; the nature of definition (including Linda Zagzebski) and how propositional
    knowledge may be analysed/defined; the tripartite view, issues and responses.
  • Perception as a source of knowledge: Direct realism, indirect realism and Berkeley’s idealism.
  • Reason as a source of knowledge: Innatism; The intuition and deduction thesis. Empiricist responses
    to these theories.
  • The limits of knowledge: Particular nature of philosophical skepticism; the role/function of
    philosophical scepticism within epistemology; the distinction between local and global skepticism;
    Descartes’ sceptical arguments and issues/responses; reliabilism.

Moral philosophy

  • Normative ethical theories: The meaning of good, bad, right, wrong within each of the three
    approaches: Utilitarianism, Kantian deontological ethics, Aristotelian virtue ethics.
  • Meta-ethics: The origins of moral principles: reason, emotion/attitudes, or society; the distinction
    between cognitivism and non-cognitivism about ethical language; moral realism, including naturalism
    and non-naturalism; moral anti-realism, including error theory, emotivism and prescriptivism.
  • Applied ethics: Applying the content of normative ethical theories and metaethics to the following
    issues: stealing; simulated killing (within computer games, plays, films etc); eating animals, telling lies.

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